Meghan writes children’s book inspired by Harry and Archie

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The Duchess of Sussex has written a children’s book inspired by the relationship between her husband Prince Harry and their son Archie.

Called The Bench, Meghan’s debut publication for youngsters is about the special bond between a father and son – as seen through a mother’s eyes.

Random House Children’s Books announced the illustrated book will go on sale on 8 June and features work by award-winning artist Christian Robinson, with the duchess narrating the audiobook.

Undated handout photo issued by Random House of the cover of The Bench, the debut children's book written by the Duchess of Sussex, with illustrations by artist Christian Robinson, which will be published by Puffin, an imprint of Penguin Random House UK, on June 8. Issue date: Tuesday May 4, 2021.
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The book is illustrated by artist Christian Robinson

Meghan, who is expecting a daughter in the summer, said: “The Bench started as a poem I wrote for my husband on Father’s Day, the month after Archie was born.”

“That poem became this story.

Undated handout photo issued by Random House of the cover of The Bench, the debut children's book written by the Duchess of Sussex, with illustrations by artist Christian Robinson, which will be published by Puffin, an imprint of Penguin Random House UK, on June 8. Issue date: Tuesday May 4, 2021.
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Meghan wanted the book to capture the ‘warmth, joy and comfort’ of the father-son relationship

“Christian layered in beautiful and ethereal watercolour illustrations that capture the warmth, joy and comfort of the relationship between fathers and sons from all walks of life; this representation was particularly important to me and Christian and I worked closely to depict this special bond through an inclusive lens.

“My hope is that The Bench resonates with every family, no matter the make-up, as much as it does with mine.”

Britain's Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, holding their son Archie, meets with Anglican Archbishop Emeritus, Desmond Tutu, and his wife Leah in Cape Town, South Africa, Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2019. The royal couple are on the third day of their African tour. (Henk Kruger/African News Agency via AP, Pool)
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Harry and Meghan’s son Archie turns two on Thursday

Her son Archie celebrates his second birthday on Thursday while husband Harry appeared at a concert in California at the weekend and called for vaccines to be “distributed to everyone everywhere”.

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